How I’d See in the New Year if I had the Blackstone/Hammond Wealth

There are many ways to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another… so we Diamonds Down Under authors decided it would be fun to fantasize about how and where we’d like to party if we had the same fathomless wealth of a Blackstone or a Hammond. Picture this….

Bronwyn: If I had the resources to choose any location to see in the new year, then I wouldn’t travel any further than our own beautiful Sydney. The rich and privileged Bronwyn J. would throw a party in the grounds of a fabulous harbourside home…somewhere like Miramare, the fictional mansion I created as home to the Blackstones in Diamonds Down Under. It wouldn’t be a huge party, just a gathering of family and friends on the terrace and by the pool on a glorious summer’s night. We would drink vintage French champagne and dine casually on seafood and summer fruit. At midnight we would enjoy a bird’s eye view of the fireworks over the harbour. And the best part of this fantasy New Years Eve party (apart from spending it with the people I love)? I would pay Someone Else to do all the arrangements, from the catering to the cleaning up afterward.

Maxine: It’s sunrise on New Year’s Eve and I’m in a hot air balloon with my husband, drifting near Alice Springs in the central heart of Australia. It’s peaceful and serene and the air is still fresh and cool before the heat of a summer’s day kicks in. The spectacular colours of an early morning dawn compete with kangaroos hopping along the ground and cockatoos in their gum trees. The sheer immensity and diversity of the desert stretches endlessly beneath us, broken only by mulga scrub and spinifex grass, and the peaks of the MacDonnell Ranges in the distance. It’s a wondrous sight that takes my breath away. Afterwards, we go back to the luxurious comfort of our five-star hotel and lounge by the pool all day. Then it’s time to dress for the party of the year at a nearby cattle station owned by one of the wealthiest men in Australia. Celebrities from around the country will be flying in and it’s even reported that one of their special guests will be the gorgeous supermodel, Briana Davenport. I’ve read so much about her lately that I can’t wait to see if she’s as lovely in person. I bet she is. 🙂

Jan: Oh, to be rich! If I could see the New Year in anywhere, I’d choose – somewhere high, with a lot of sky, to watch the sunrise. Of course, there would be Les, champagne, and maybe the cats – if they could cope with the ride in my own Lear jet to get there! Perhaps I’d choose the Great Wall of China; the Taj Mahal in India (done that!); the Matterhorn in Switzerland, (done that too, but not at New Year’s); Antarctica; the Himalaya (well, I have watched the sunrise over Everest from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, India); Mt Cook, New Zealand (done that, too!). I guess it’s the Great Wall for us…anyone care to join us? Maybe a couple of famous rugby players. Some fab diamond-studded authors I know. The heroes and heroines of all my books! Rowan Atkinson for the laughs. Pink Floyd or Radiohead, I couldn’t think of anyone better for that ‘big sky’ music, although Les would grumble. And Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Marilyn Monroe, which means I’d have to take Dad because he’s old friends with those three! Perhaps I’ll take two planes. I apologise in advance to the environment.

Paula: I’m a bit of a NYE Scrooge these days. I did all my wild partying in my 20s, with crazy all-night dancing, flirting and other unseemly behavior my mom doesn’t know about. 😀 But my ideal NYE would be to rent a room at the only six star hotel in Australia, the Palazzo Versace at the Gold Coast and spend the evening with David Boreanaz’s cloned twin (which I’ve already done with my masses of wealth) watching DVDs, eating chocolate and drinking Arrowfield Semillion Savignon Blanc (which I’d have to be rich to buy… they don’t make it anymore!) Then on New Years Day, have a private entry to Seaworld and swim with the dolphins, sharks and sealife, which is actually my son’s ideal day 🙂  And hey, I’m not fussy – if I can’t have Cloned David, I’d settle for the real George Clooney…

Tessa: Sheer heaven for me would be to do absolutely nothing to ring in the new year, except fly to Necker Island, Richard Branson’s private getaway in the British Virgin Islands and spend the day (make that the week!) lounging around on the beach with my husband, far from television, the internet and civilization. I’d take lots of romance novels to read, of course. <g>.  Or perhaps I’d jump on a plane and travel around the world like I’ve done a few times before. By the time I’ve travelled through all those time zones, I would have missed the whole thing.

Yvonne: If I had the Hammond/Blackstone wealth, for New Year’s Eve I’d arrange for all my best friends and close family to be met at the Half Moon Bay marina by a luxury barge. Of course it will be a perfect balmy summer night and we’ll cruise the tranquil inner harbour, sipping only the finest champagne and indulging in delectable hors d’oeuvres. A string quartet will play in the background and my guests will mingle and chat, renew old acquaintances and share memories of the year just past. By 11:30 pm we’ll tie up at the Viaduct Basin, where, at midnight, we’ll have prime viewing pleasure of fireworks as they’re launched off the Auckland Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest tower. At the night’s end, everyone will be chauffeured home in a fleet of limousines, or put up for the night at the nearby Hilton Hotel on Princes Wharf, and as a special New Year’s gift, each of my guests will leave with a memento—a pair of diamond drop earrings for the ladies, and diamond studded gold cuff links for the gentlemen.

How would you celebrate your new year if you were rich? Would you like to share it with family and friends? With the famous? Do you want to do something fabulously wild or ridiculous, if only you had the money? We’d love to hear your ideas.

* BONUS!! Post a comment and you could win a copy of Vows & A Vengeful Groom and a cute Australian phone/bag dangler. Prize to be drawn January 5.


38 Responses to “How I’d See in the New Year if I had the Blackstone/Hammond Wealth”

  1. If I was rich I would take my family and all my dearest friends and go somewhere where there is a lot of snow! It may sound strange but I live in Finland and we usually have snow this time of the year, but now it’s raining every day, it’s so dark and the weather is far too warm!! I’m so used to our four seasons and I miss the white snow, the clear blue sky and the silence.
    I love your books and hope to read many more of them!
    I wish you all a very Happy New Year, Eva

  2. It is always great to fantasize… and I guess it why we love the Desire line so much… it just lets our imagination run wild!!

    Happy New Year 🙂

  3. I think a dinner and party on top of the Tour Eiffel with all my family from all around the world (we are a big bunch) would be amazing… then a stay for 2 weeks in Paris, to let everyone relax before starting the new year… what a dream!!

  4. Give me New Year’s Eve in Victoria, B.C. Canada; a lovely supper where one can look out over the ocean, a carriage ride through the main streets and then top it off with fireworks over the Marina where the colors can be seen in the water’s reflection.

  5. I think the ideal NYE would be to spend it with that special someone. I’m not much for the going out and drinking til all hours of the morning(been there, done that, outgrew that phase) Now it would be two people alone with maybe finger foods so a big meal doesn’t need to be prepared and the big cleanup to deal with.
    Wishing all a Happy New Year.

  6. Wow, you guys all have excellent NYE celebration ideas 🙂

    Lily, I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned fantasizing and Desire in the same sentence. I love that slightly larger than life feel about the characters and situations in Desire, but they’re not so far removed from reality that they couldn’t really happen.

    Christa, as I’m preparing all day for a huge swag of family and friends to arrive at our house tonight to see in the New Year (with bagpipes too, courtesy of my handsome twin nephews and their piping skills) the concept of a quiet evening just for two holds a great deal of appeal 🙂

  7. I’d actually spend it with all my best girlfriends from school and their gorgeous families! I’d hire out a beach-side mansion and see in the new year on the balcony, drinking good wine and listening to ghastly music from the 90s…

  8. Lets see if I was rich, I would want to be on an island with all my family and friends. Watching the sunrise and set on the clear blue water, nothing but time on our hands as we do whatever we please. Coming together later that night for drinks, good food, and toasts to the New Year. 🙂


  9. That’s an easy one – I’d fly to a beauty spot somewhere (I’m thinking lakes and beautiful mountain veiws) with hubby and have a romantic picnic dinner catered by a famous chef. I’d fly in some of my favorite singers and they could seranade us… Hmm, just how rich am I? Can I go on? 😉

    Happy New Year to you all!

  10. Shelley, it’s your fantasy so, yes, you can go on and on and on. *g* So, tell us, who would you fly in to serenade you and your sweetheart?

    Misty, I love that you included that ever-so-precious commodity of TIME. I think all we busy people understand that one!

    Rach, I’m smiling at yr ghastly 90’s music…although I bet you would have a ball dancing to it with your friends and remembering the days when (like Paula) you kept on dancing all night. In fact, I’m pretty sure Paula would be up for joining your party…if we can prise her away from David/George. 🙂

    Happy 2008 everyone!

  11. I love reading about all the different fantasies. Thanks for sharing them, ladies.

    To end the year, it’s our hottest day in Melbourne with temperatures reaching 104oF where I am, and up to 108oF elsewhere and nearly as hot tomorrow for the first day of 2008. So Paula’s idea of swimming with the dolphins at Seaworld in Brisbane sounds pretty appealing right now. I’d even swim with the sharks alongside you, Paula. *g*


  12. YOu know.. I have an 8 month old son.. and my fantasy new years would actually be quite simple.. some alone time with my boyfriend, and about 12 hours of uninterrupted snuggle time sleep. No babies, no bottles, no interruptions.. *cough*.. LOL

    SEriously I would trade that for even a fancy spanky vacation.

  13. Eva, I have Finnish neighbours in an apartment downstairs who come over here to New Zealand every summer (our summer). We were invited to a fab meal there the other night. Salmon roe h’or deu…horses-doofers!, beetroot and herring salad, bouillabase, salmon fillets with cream cheese and capers and fennel bulbs, and of course, blueberry pie. (and way too much armanac and cheeses) They don’t speak a lot of English but it was one of the nicest nights (and meals). They too say it is dark at this time of year which is why they come out here. I always love to see them because it means summer is here – YAY!! They actually own an island in Finland!!
    Nathalie – I forgot about the Eiffel Tower, that too would be an amazing place to watch the sun come up on another year.
    Great fantasies, everyone, you guys should be writers!
    Keep cool, Maxine.
    Five minutes to go. HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

  14. If I were rich I would take the whole family and some friends away to somwhere warm for the holiday. No work for me and fun for everyone. Happy 2008 everyone!

  15. No doubt you Diamonds are already celebrating 2008….we’ve got a few more hours yet to go here in the States.

    Wishing you all a very wonderful and prosperous 2008.

    (Who is so glad EHarl puts the books out a month early and is eagerly anticipating ordering Tessa’s book tomorrow!!!)

  16. My fantasy New Years would be a huge party with my family, maybe sneaking off with my hubby later in the evening. In reality I do not know what we are going to do tonight. I do not want to stay home but it kind of scares me to be driving tonight. Happy New Year everyone.

  17. Karrie, you raise a good point about being on the roads NYE. Hope you get to celebrate with yr hubby, whether at home or on a night out.

    Franny, Happy New Year’s back at you. 2008 is going nicely so far. Have just been to see Enchanted, which is a truly enchanting and romantic movie. A perfect feel-good start to the year.

    Maureen, your warm fantasy New Year’s could be come of ours, spent somewhere warm and with family. No work and all fun sounds good to me!

    Angela, time out for just the two of you is so precious when you have a baby. I hope that dream can become a reality for you, even if only for a short date.


  18. I spent a terrific day with the Hammonds and Blackstones, specifically Jessica and Ryan. Tessa has thrown us more surprises, some pertaining specifically to Ryan and Jessica and others adding more puzzle pieces to this wonderful series.

  19. I would travel to Italy since the country of romance, culture, history and beauty beckons me and it is enticing in so many ways. Culinary delicacies that tempt the palate. When I think of this ultimate trip I visualize Venice, Murano and Florence.

  20. My dream come true would be an amazing European vacation with my husband whose presence I have had so little of due to his schedule. An experience of a lifetime to visit countries that would soothe my soul and lift my spirits.

  21. A celebration that would be memorable and special would involve my entire family. We would spend time together in a secluded, sugar sand beach setting. A modern house with all the amenities would be available right on the beach as well as catered meals, replete with staff whose caring ways would spoil us shamelessly.

  22. Christa, what a perfect new year’s gift, to know you are enjoying the series!

    Ooh, Italy!!! Pearl, I’ve been salivating over some ad’s I’ve seen for a culinary tour of Italy. Now THAT would be a holiday!

    Ellie, I also have a yen to see Europe…startring with that foodie’s trip through Italy…or perhaps I should end there. Afterward I might be no good for any walking. 🙂

    Anne, I love the way your mind works. Any holiday which involves spoiling is my kind of holiday, too.

  23. All these fantasies are just what I need to keep me from getting the post-Christmas blues. It’s amazing how wonderful the imagination is. I’m so glad I’m a writer.


  24. All of my family would be jetted off to a secret destination which would only be disclosed upon arrival. This unique and special location would be captivating in its beauty and locale. This private island of Bellagio with its delights would enthrall all of us with its unforgettable spell.

  25. Christa! You lucky thing! We haven’t even read Tessa’s book yet 🙂 I know I’m really looking forward to it.

    And wow, the rest of you guys are coming up with wonderful ways to see in the New Year. I think we should all make a list and see how many of them we can achieve in our lifetimes. Of course we’d probably need the Blackstone and Hammond combined wealth to achieve that 🙂

  26. I’d love to rent a condo somewhere and have my whole family there together.

  27. It would be wonderful to fly down under and see the fireworks from the harbor by the Opera House in Sidney. I would take all my closest friends and family and we would have a blast.

  28. Hi Kimmy and Dena. The Sydney New Years’ fireworks are really something. Best in the world, actually, although maybe I’m slightly biased. 🙂 Still, a crowd of over a million watching around the harbour this year is testament to the show’s magnificence.

  29. I would love to get away for the holidays. I was just thinking how great it would be to visit china for their New Years…. so exciting and festive! Kinda reminds me of our Mardi Gras.

    -New Orleans, LA

    HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Amanda, your Mardi Gras is something I would love to experience one day. I loved NO when I vitied for conference in 2001. Happy NY to you!

  31. Bron, you may be biased about Sydney, but so am I. Even though I live in Melbourne (and love it) I was born and raised in Sydney and I agree that its New Year’s Eve fireworks are the best in the world. The harbour is glorious at any time but when those fireworks light up, it’s stunning.


  32. Hi everyone and thanks for sharing your fantasies!

    Eva – I spent the Y2K NY in Denmark, sick as a dog! While my other half was out partying, I was lying on the sofa, bawling my eyes out at the Sydney fireworks on TV 😦 (okay, so I didn’t exactly pick a hero there…) But hey, it was the first time I’d ever seen snow and the experience of living o/s was one I’ll remember for ever.

    Angela – I know EXACTLY how you feel LOL. Getting You Time is a rare commodity indeed with a baby.

    Pearl – Italy, Venice, Florence… great choices! And yes, cities of romance. I still remember one particular gorgeous hunk and his flirty smile as I stared awestruck at Milan from the top of an open-air bus… :::sigh:::

    I’ve been to a few Sydney fireworks displays, and apparently a Sydney NY is a must with the backpackers. Of course, you have to have a champagne picnic at Hyde Park beforehand!

    Christa – :::green!:::: I’m off to get the e- of Tessa’s book now!

    Happy NY everyone!

  33. December 5 and as promised I’m here to draw the winner of my giveaway: a copy of VOWS & A VENGEFUL GROOM and an Aussie phone/bag trinket. And the winner is….

    Bron reaches into her barrel of numbers while the drum rolls

    …#12. Congratulations, Angela. Email me with your address.

  34. Congratulations Angela

  35. Angela, congratulations on winning Bron’s book. You’re in for a definite treat.


  36. Congratulations, Angela! =)

  37. Congrats, Angela, enjoy the book!
    I am getting itchy feet hearing about all these fantasies…

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    I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read.

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